Taking Things Too Seriously

From third grade spelling tests to formatting citations in first year papers, school teaches us to sweat the details. But, when things go wrong, that same fixation can often exacerbate the problem.  

For many, one of the biggest steps to finding happiness at university is learning to let go of the little things. If it isn't easy for you - you're not alone. We asked students across Canada to share things they took too seriously, so that you wouldn't have to.

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Advice from Me, to Me

As a fourth year student, dealing with an exhausting semester is no strange concept to me. In fact, every semester is probably exhausting in its own sense, so it’s super important to not let that same energy (or lack thereof) creep into the rest of the year.

Through trial and error – so, so much error – I’ve figured out a system that makes the most sense to me: namely, to learn from the past, harness the present, and get proactive for the future.

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Staying Motivated During Exams

There's no easy way around it. Sometimes they'll feel unfair, unnecessary, and unrepresentative of your learning - but exams are a fact of life at university.

If you're starting to feel tired, you aren't alone. We asked students to share how they manage to keep their head above water during the last-leg of the exam period.

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"What I learned the hard way in first year..."

Sometimes, no matter how much help or guidance we receive, we make mistakes. While it's never fun in the moment, struggle and failure can shape our trajectory in very meaningful ways.

We asked 10 students to share something they had to learn the hard way during their first year; hopefully it makes your own challenges a little bit easier to handle.

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Dealing With Your First Bad Grade In University

We've all had it happen. You study extra hard. You wake up extra early to review notes. When you finally sit down to write the test, it feels great. 

But, when you get that grade back, it's far from what you expected. Disappointed, frustrated, and confused - you wonder what could have gone better, and how to move forward.

We talked with a number of upper year students to hear how they dealt with their first bad grade, and how they've learned to make the most of academic challenges.

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How Not To Study In University

Studying is hard. Most of us fail a midterm at some point, and it takes time to figure out the right approaches as well as when to use them.

While studying is personal, we put this post together in hopes you could figure out what works faster than we did. 

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Making Friends That Matter in University

Good friends move mountains. They’re present for the ups and the downs. Often, they make you a better person. But meaningful friendships take time - which means they can be hard to find in a new environment

Given that first year university is a very new environment - we asked 8 students how they met friends that matter during their transition in to campus life.

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